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Independence v. Vance


By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (2-2) at Vance (3-1)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Vance won, 35-0, on Aug. 30, 2012

Key Players: Independence: quarterback Christian McPhail, running back Quantavious McGill, cornerback/receivers Elijah Small and Cedric Stone, linebackers Tylon Clawson, Jerome Cochran and Rob Casanova, defensive ends Christian Colon and Kima Bell; Vance: quarterback Kingley Ifedi, receivers Myles Dorn, Nathaniel Jones and Jonathan Ifedi, tight end Jeremiah Hall, defensive backs Emauel Phillips and Jalen Weddington, linebackers Gerald Nathan, Jr. and Anthony Butler, running back Donnavan Spence, linemen Marlin Edwards, Jirod Carr, Kedrick Brown, Jason Gaston and Jason Cascen

The Keys: The Patriots took until into the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard before pulling away from West Meck last week. They can ill afford a slow start against the Cougars, who are ranked fifth in’s statewide all classification poll and has playmakers all over the field. It’s another tough out-of-conference match-up for the Patriots, but one they are capable of keeping close, especially if their defense continues to play as it has the past two weeks, where they’ve allowed nine total points. […]

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Patriots come from behind to win 20-6

By Ron Morris

The Independence Patriots used three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the West Mecklenburg Hawks 20-6 in a come from behind victory Friday night at Independence High School.

In a mistake-filled first half it was a back and forth ballgame with neither  team able to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes. However, the  Patriots were able to drive the ball, but always committed three or four  penalties to kill the drive.

The first score didn’t come until the third quarter. During a heavy rainstorm,  the Hawks had to punt on fourth and long. The Independence receiver  attempted to pick up the wet ball and was hit immediately by several Hawks  players causing a fumble which was recovered by the Hawks on  Independence’s 12-yard line. The Hawks drove the ball to the Patriot 4-yard line. On the next play West Meck’s Dyami Brown ran it in for the first score.  […]

Bake sale to benefit Historic Bain

Yadkin Bank of Mint Hill has chosen a Branch Bake Sale as its 3rd Quarter Community Service to benefit the Historic Bain Restoration, according to Melissa Fields, Branch Manager.

A variety of baked goods, made by the Yadkin Mint Hill Team, will be available for sale at the bank during business hours on Friday, Sept. 25.

“This […]

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Town holds hearings on proposed community additions

By Leah Schmalz

The town of Mint Hill held public hearings last Thursday on zoning requests filed by Mecklenburg County and Carillon Assisted Living to construct new facilities in the area.

Chris Matthews presented on the proposed nature center and education building at Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve. The preserve plays a major role in protecting Stevens Creek and supporting endangered wildlife. “We want to make sure that people understand why we did it and why streams are important, and so really the theme of this property is going to be about water quality protection,” Matthews said.

He explained that most nature preserves in the county are open around 8 am until sundown. “Being a nature preserve, we really try hard to not have a lot of lights on at night,” Matthews said. “We’re not only concerned about our neighbors; we’re concerned about wildlife, too.” Matthews said noise should be just as minimal as light. There will also be a gate at the front entrance to deter visitors when the preserve is closed.

Residents from Maple Hollow Lane expressed concern about the planned pedestrian entrance within their neighborhood leading to more traffic and parked cars. Matthews said this hasn’t been the case with other preserves that include a similar pedestrian entrance. “Whatever the residents of Maple Hollow feel is going to be best for their community, we’ll make sure we honor that in the design of anything we do,” Matthews said. Residents should receive notification of upcoming meetings and workshops.  […]

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